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Screw placement for recessed blinds

Discussion in 'Building' started by john2k, 14 Apr 2016.

  1. john2k

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    I've just moved into a new-build and got made-to-measure recess blinds. I need to screw the brackets on each side. Question is do I screw it to the top horizontal recess wall or the vertical recess wall? The vertical recess wall would probably just need plugs and screws but if screwing into the lintel how do I determine if the lintel is metal or concrete? If it's metal do I just drill a small hole with drill bit for metal and use self tapping screws? If its metal, how deep can the screw go before it hits whatever material is sitting on top?
     
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    I would go sideways if you can!!
     
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    Thanks, was thinking that would be the easiest option. The recesses are plasterboarded and when you tap on it sounds hollow. So I am assuming there is a gap between the plasterboard and the actual brickwork. Anyone know how much of a gap before the brick actually starts? Dont want to be putting plugs and screws just on the plasterboard.
     
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    Probably dot n dab round the windows. so maybe not more than a 1CM or so. You can used brown/redplugs or if it is deeper you could use plasterboard fixings. I assume these blinds aren't heavy?
     
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    Blinds aren't that heavy but not very light either. They are wooden with 50mm slats. so 40 to 50mm screws should be long enough to make it through the plasterboard, pass the dot and dab gap and into the main wall where plug sits?
     
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    Dont screw into the plasterboard only. The weight and movement from use will widen the hole and the fixing will work loose. Screw into the wall behind with a longer screw or combined screw/plug such as a fischer fixing
     
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